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Tips to help you and your spouse get along during divorce

Generally speaking, collaborative divorce provides a better experience for all involved: you, your spouse and your kids. If possible, you want to get along and work together. That's how you get an outcome that makes everyone happy. It's how you create a low-conflict divorce that does not drag on unnecessarily.

That said, getting along with your spouse during a divorce is not always easy. Maybe they fell for someone else and asked you for a divorce, and you feel hurt and angry because of it. Maybe they have financial problems that you just couldn't deal with anymore, and they're angry that you wanted to split up.

Provide a united front before the children after divorce

Child custody situations are sometimes complex because of the acrimony between the parents. The children can pick up on this, so they may try to capitalize on the situation. It is imperative that all parents take the time to learn the signs that their children are manipulating them.

Some children learn early that what one parent disapproves of, the other will approve of. Once they realize this, they will try to figure out which person will give them their way. This is human nature, but that doesn't mean that you and your ex need to allow it to happen.

Common real estate practices can constitute mortgage fraud

Working in real estate can be a challenging and demanding career path. Whether someone works as an agent representing buyers or sellers for residential or commercial transactions, or works as an appraiser or loan officer, there are many legal regulations in place that professionals must remain aware of at all times.

From creating binding contracts for their clients to placing a realistic fair market value on a property, the role that real estate professionals play in transactions is critical to the overall fairness of the modern real estate system. Unfortunately, some people who work in real estate or adjacent professions will commit acts of fraud in an attempt to bolster their own income.

Gray divorces are more common today: Here's what to know

Going through a gray divorce is significantly different than going through a divorce in your younger years. In a gray divorce, you're 50, 60 or 70 years old. You might be approaching retirement or be in retirement already.

A gray divorce can be difficult psychologically, too, considering the fact that many people who get them have been together for decades. With lifelong friends and family members to deal with, there's no question that a gray divorce is complicated.

Auto insurance fraud can have lasting consequences

Your car is getting older, and you don't really want to have to pay for a new one. You know it's costly, but you have a great insurance policy that would allow you to buy a new vehicle as a replacement if yours was damaged beyond repair.

You've paid into insurance for years without a problem, so would it really be that terrible if something "accidentally" happened to damage your vehicle beyond repair? You'd get what you want and would use a policy you designed for that very purpose.

Income tax: The difference between fraud and negligence

The federal tax system is extremely complicated, especially if you don't have any knowledge of what's expected of you. No matter how much you learn or who you hire to assist you, there's always a chance you could run into trouble with the IRS.

There's a big difference between income tax fraud and negligence. With fraud, you make a willful attempt to evade tax law as a means of saving money or defrauding the government. This typically occurs as a result of the following:

  • Filing a false income tax return
  • Making false or fraudulent claims on your income tax return
  • Intentionally failing to report all your income
  • Intentionally failing to pay your taxes
  • Intentionally failing to file an income tax return

What are the most common types of construction defects?

It doesn't matter if you're building a home or have hired a contractor to complete a renovation project in Denver, you expect the results to meet or exceed industry standards. Unfortunately, there are times when this doesn't happen.

Construction defects are all too common, with these often related to the design, installation, operation or maintenance of a particular item or system.

Don't ignore the potential harm of a felony DUI

The first Coloradan law regarding felony DUIs wasn't created until 2015. The first felony penalty was created with the law, and over 1,000 arrests have been made since.

The new law came with harsh penalties including the risk of going to prison for a DUI if the person has three or more DUI convictions on their record. Before the change in the law, DUIs were always treated as misdemeanors within the state, and the maximum jail term was a year.

This is what happens during a divorce trial

Not all divorces have to go to trial, but if your divorce is volatile and you can't agree, it might be in the best interests of the case to end up in court. There are times when two people can't agree outside court, won't go to mediation and refuse arbitration. If all negotiating options fail, then the only option is to allow a court to take on the case and for a judge to make a decision on the divorce.

In the majority of cases, divorces are resolved with settlements. However, if your case can't be settled, then a trial might be the only choice. Your attorney will prepare for the trial, building a case for the things you want to get out of your marriage, for custody-related matters and other factors in your divorce.

What Colorado residents should know about federal marijuana laws

After years of enjoying liberal policies toward recreational and medical marijuana use in Colorado, it's hard to remember that possession of marijuana remains illegal under U.S. federal law. In fact, federal drug laws classify marijuana as a Schedule I drug. This means that the federal government views pot to be just as dangerous and addictive as heroin, and punishes those convicted of possessing and trafficking it just as severely.

Colorado law will not protect you from being convicted of a federal marijuana crime

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